Public Disclosure/Memorandum (PTA)

Public Disclosure
6/1/2016 6/1/2016

Program Application and Admission

Program Application and Admission

Student Advising

Students must work with the Admissions Office to complete all admission requirements to be a fully admitted student to the college. The program faculty serve as the advisors for prospective program students.  Students should contact the program directly for questions, additional information, and course scheduling. Advising is essential to assuring accuracy of information, clarification of questions, and for scheduling required pre-requisite courses.  Please call 304-929-3324 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an advising appointment.

Selected Enrollment

The physical Therapist Assistant program is selected enrollment meaning that students must apply to the program and be accepted before enrolling in any course with a PTHA prefix.  A maximum of 20 students will be admitted into the program each August.  The admission is determined using a rubric which is provided in this information packet as well as online at Physical Therapist Assistant website. Acceptance to New River and meeting of program application requirements does not guarantee admission to the PTA Program.

Students accepted into the program are required to follow program policies and procedures, some of which differ from the institution policies and procedures.  You may also view our complete policies and procedures manual via our program website at Physical Therapist Assistant website.

Program Application Requirements

Pre-Requisite Courses

Students must have completed or be enrolled in the program’s 30 credit hours of prerequisite courses when applying to the program.  Equivalent pre-requisite courses may be completed at any college or university; New River students are not given preference during the selection process. 

All pre-requisite courses of the curriculum must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Students have until the end of the traditional spring semester to complete pre-requisite courses.  Students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.75 for all college-level work.

Volunteer Hours

Applicants are required to complete volunteer hours in at least two physical therapy settings (out-patient, acute care, skilled nursing facility, etc.), each with a different licensed physical therapist or licensed physical therapist assistant.  Volunteer hours cannot be completed via home health and must be completed within 1 calendar year of the application deadline.  A minimum of 40 volunteer hours is required to apply to the program however, applicants may choose to complete up to 80 volunteer hours.  Persons that have been or are currently employed in a physical therapy setting and wish to use their work experience for credit must provide documentation from a PT or PTA member of the physical therapy staff.  All volunteer hours should be completed on the program’s volunteer reference form and submitted in a signed and sealed single envelope from each setting and submitted by the student along with their program application

Program Application

The program application must be completed and submitted by the application deadline as indicated below.

Application Deadline

Application materials including the program application and documentation of all completed volunteer hours must be submitted to the PTA Program by the student in a single envelope.  Application materials may be hand delivered or mailed to the PTA Program and must be received on or before 4pm on April 30th.However, if the 30th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the materials must be submitted the Friday prior to the 30th. Materials submitted separately as well as faxed or e-mailed material will not be accepted. Students are not permitted to submit application materials to any other college office. 

Non-Discrimination Policy

New River Community and Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, blindness or disability in its educational programs or in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment as required by applicable state and federal law.The offices listed below have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the College’s non-discrimination policies relating to disabilities or sex discrimination.

Inquiries from Students:

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title IX

Leah Taylor, Vice President for Administrative Services
New River Community and Technical College
280 University Drive
Beaver, WV 25813

Phone: (304) 929-6701
Fax: (304) 929-6707

Inquiries from Employees/Visitors/Third Parties:

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title IX

Leah Taylor, Vice President for Administrative Services
New River Community and Technical College
280 University Drive
Beaver, WV 25813

Phone: (304) 929-6701
Fax: (304) 929-6707

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at New River Community & Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; website:  The program’s current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see


Amanda Sears
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Amanda Sears is an Instructional Specialist/Educational Counselor in the Beaver and ATC Student Success Centers.  She received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Mountain State University and a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling from American Public University. She enjoys assisting students reach their academic/career goals and encourages all students to take advantage of the services the Student Success Center has to offer.

Student Success Center

Student Success Center

In the Student Success Center, we are committed to providing all students the opportunity to achieve academic success by providing a variety of services free of charge. Students can receive placement testing (ACCUPLACER) for admission purposes, tutoring, academic advising, test/quiz proctoring, disability counseling, career assessment, and success workshops.

The Student Success Center’s enhance the services already provided to our students. Many students need to increase their basic skills in math, reading, and writing while others may need substantial computer skills as well as upgrading their personal effectiveness skills including problem solving.

Educational Counselors in the Student Success Center help students in overcoming barriers to a successful completion of their college program. Student Success Centers are located on each campus and are staffed with qualified and friendly educational counselors.

Meet the Student Success Center Staff


Services Provided

SSC Disability Needs

Students with disabilities have rights granted by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Disability support services are offered through the Student Success Centers at New River CTC. Disability related, reasonable accommodations are provided for students with documented and significant impairment to functioning.

Documented disabilities include, but are not limited to, hearing and sight impairments, psychiatric disorders, and certain other medical disabilities. Students are required to self-identify to the Educational Counselor in the Student Success Center. That person in turn will consult with the ADA Coordinator for students to a set of reasonable accommodations.

Students are responsible for providing current, appropriate documentation of their disability and functional limitations from their physician, psychologist, or other certified official. A recommendation of reasonable accommodations should be included in the letter. Reasonable accommodations are modifications which make a facility or program accessible, thus allowing a qualified individual with a disability equal opportunities. Students are encouraged to start this procedure weeks before the start of the semester to insure appropriate steps are taken for them to reach their full potential in the classroom. Students with disabilities who believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of their disability should bring these issues to the attention of the ADA Coordinator.

Please click on the following link for the ADA Application: ADA Application

Please click on the following lik for the Disabilities Service for Students Handbook:  New River CTC ADA manual




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